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Upcoming CVGS Conferences & Events
      During the coming months, the Center for Volga German Studies is sponsoring conferences and seminars in the following locations. The public is invited to attend, so sign up now!!
Fort Collins, Colorado (tentative, 14 November 2015)
Fresno, California (tentative, 21 November 2015)
Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota (5 December 2015)

      Information about registration and a schedule of events can be found on the website of each event. Please contact the CVGS by phone at 503.493.6369 or by email if you have questions.
CVGS Saves Historical Mural
      The Center for Volga German Studies (CVGS) at Concordia University is the proud new steward of The Lord Is My Shepherd, a large-scale painting by Northwest artist Colista Murray Dowling. The painting depicts Christ holding a lamb, tending both a literal and figurative flock of sheep and children, with his "followers" waving pennants and marching forth on a path in the background. Until recently, the painting adorned the apse behind the choir loft of St. Paul's Evagelical & Reformed Church on the northeast corner of the intersection at Eighth & Failing Street in northeast Portland.
      This neighborhood was originally inhabited by immigrant families, predominately Volga Germans. The church was founded in 1904 by several families, many of whom were originally from the Volga German colonies of Brunnental and Grimm. Rev. Jacob Hergert, the first pastor of St. Paul's, was also an immigrant from Brunnental. He led the congregation for its first 17 years.
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Mural at St. Pauls in Portland
Mural as it adorned St. Pauls
from 1938 to 2015

St. Paul's Evangelical & Reformed Church in Portland, Oregon
St. Paul's (1999)
New CVGS Staff Member
      The Center for Volga German Studies is pleased to welcome Tanya Bushnell to the CVGS staff. A native of England, Tanya brings a wealth of experience to the CVGS. She has worked in fundraising, archives, event planning, and radio broadcasting (in Spanish!). Welcome, Tanya!
Tanya Bushnell
New Members of the Board of Academic Advisors
      The Center for Volga German Studies at Concordia University is pleased to name four additional academics to its Board of Academic Advisors:

  • Mila Koretnikov, Ph.D., Lecturer of Cross-Cultural Communication, Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • René Krüger, Ph.D., Th.D., Professor of New Testament, Instituto Universitario ISEDET, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Otto Pohl, Ph.D., Lecturer of History, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana
  • Takeo Suzuki, Ph.D., Professor of Economics, Director of the Institute for Russian Studies, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

  • Dr. Mila Koretnikov
    Dr. Koretnikov
    Dr. René Krüger
    Dr. Krüger
    Dr. Otto Pohl
    Dr. Pohl
    Dr. Takeo Suzuki
    Dr. Suzuki
    2015 - Another Year of Celebrations
          Check out the CVGS Exhibits & Events Link to find out what's happening around the world that involves the Center for Volga German Studies in 2015.
    New German Origins Posted to the CVGS Website
          Newly discovered German origins have been posted for the following Volga German families:
    Beitz family that settled in Holstein
    Gerber family that settled in Herzog
    Linenberg(er) family that settled in Mariental & Herzog
    Lotz family that settled in Kaneau
    Meier family that settled in Shcherbakovka, Kratzke, & Franzosen
    Waag family that settled in Grimm
    Weiss family that settled in Hölzel & Seelmann
    Wilhelm family that settled in Kolb
    Wolff family that settled in Grimm
    New Translations Available
    Translation of the 1834 & 1857 Censuses of Kolb have been completed. Check the CVGS Census List for availability.
    Last updated 1 October 2015.